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172186 No.127791   [Reply]

I realized that we haven't had a thread on CA HSR in a while. In case if you're not up to date on the project (which is acceptable, their website doesn't have an easily readable timeline) construction started back in January in Merced. By 2018, the state is hoping for Merced-Paldale service and San Jose-Burbank service by 2020, with SF-LA by 2022 and downtown SF-San Diego by 2024.

There's two routes, making a "y" type shape; one is from SF-LA and the other is from Sacramento-LA. A big part of the plan, which starts construction later this year, is electrification of Caltrain between SF and SJ as well as extension of the rail line from SF's 4th&King station to new Transbay Terminal. The latter will hopefully be funded early next year to begin construction in late 2016 or early 2017.

After that, Phase II begins where the Altamont Commuter Express is consolidated into Amtrak California. This includes expansion and electrification of it's routes inland through Stockton as well as the east bay Capitol Corridor line.

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>> No.127897  



people said that you'd never get HSR between San Francisco or LA

it's certainly more than possible

>> No.127898  


F-35 is up to nearly $400 billion, with an estimated $1.5 trillion cost over its expected 55-year life.


>> No.127900  

The F-35 is irrelevant to US HSR. What really needs to happen is that passenger needs to get political support on order of the F-35 to get somewhere. Maybe with a President Trump it could happen. If anyone knows the value of transit oriented development it would be Trump.

>> No.127901  

After paying for that turkey, who will trust the gub'mint with HSR?

>> No.127902  

>>127900 I haven't left that hard in months. Thanks, anon.

>> No.127904  

Who the hell would build a multi-billion dollar railway that would connect a goddamn resort town to cities located thousands of miles away?

You're just as bad as those twits who promote Musk's literal pipedream.

>> No.127905  

Ok just scanning through these comments, those of you suggesting long distance HSR trains are insane. There's a reason why HSR corridors almost always are only a few hundred miles.

You can expect systems in California, the Midwest, and the NEC first and maybe later systems in Texas, Florida, and the Pacific Northwest.

>> No.127907  

you're talking about the guy that tore up the NYC west side yards to build condos, fyi

>> No.127908  


Other than losing a cool photo op for railfans, was there anything actually wrong with the Hudson Yards development?

>> No.127911  

If anything, the FRA NEC Commission, by virtue of interagency negotiation, could likely produce a plan much more logical and sensible than Amtrak's turf-controlled fiefdom of boondoggles (dedicated Philadelphia tunnel, Penn Station South, CT inland instead of I-95). The best thing that could happen would be for the FRA to kick some sense into Amtrak and restart ARC Alt G directly to GCT.


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15327 No.127637   [Reply]

Two men believe they have found legendary train full of Nazi gold in a secret tunnel.


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>link shortener

This ain't twetter mang

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I am less interested in the gold, but the train itself.

It would be a spectacular museum piece: a fully-intact armored military train built by the Third Reich put on display for the public to see. I think the odds are there will not be a locomotive with that train, but if there was, restore it to working condition and have it do demo runs on heritage lines. That would be a HUGE tourist draw to see not just a whole Nazi train, but one that still works. To me, that is the real treasure.

>> No.127871  

Latest news I have heard is that there's GOOOOLD! in them thar cars, but other bits indicate someone's selling the fur before shooting the bear. Gotta agree with prev. that I would rather know more about the cars.

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As cool as that would be, what are the chances of it being a 'real' German made BP42/44 versus one of the trains that was built up from captured/improvised units? That's if it's even an armored train to begin with.

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Interesting read from FA.

...it should be pointed out that the click bait links aren't half bad either.

>> No.127910  

This is starting to get interesting. Death-bed confession; ground penetrating radar; obtaining a lawyer to work out concessions before revealing location; officially recognized by government. This is starting to sound legit. This will probably rank right up there with those thousands of ultra-rare paintings stolen by the Nazi's and found in2012 in that apartment in Munich. Already when you type "nazi" in Google the 1st suggestion is 'nazi gold train". I keep thinking of an episode of "In Search Of.." I saw as a little kid in 1977: Nazi Plunder. The first time I heard of hidden Nazi gold.

Watching this with interest.

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35724 No.127842   [Reply]

I'm just gonna leave this here.

>> No.127850  

That's CADOT for you.

But give them credit, they're doing a lot of good work with CAHSR.

>> No.127892  

I thought they were called CalTrans?

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"(hmmm... 'make my own path'. I like that! Let's try it!)
....no! wait!!!...bad IDEA!!.....

-fade to black-

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1912079 No.127677   [Reply]

Did someone say track maintenance?

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>> No.127766  

There's a small model railroading club here in the city with a massive multi-room layout and they all use Digitrax controllers, that's where I got the idea from

>> No.127768  


DCC decoders are DCC decoders no matter what brand. I have certain ones I like to use for certain applications, but your locomotives will be compatible with their layout. Usually clubs have all the throttles they need.

>> No.127786  
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I use an Archos game pad with engine driver on it as my throttle and have a Loco-Buffer that ties into the layout. Nice thing is I can take a laptop with JMRI and a AP with me to others layouts and with a bit of config I can set up a wifi spot for others to try out.

>> No.127787  


And the game pad is cheaper then a DGTDT402 and can be used for stuff other then trains.

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In reference to the Digitrax and NCE hand controllers, my preference is to avoid RF wireless ones. Are there any issues or opinions with the corded ones? Obviously walking too far and yanking the cord will stress the connector.

>> No.127855  


Why the aversion to wireless? Corded controllers are ok if you are working an industrial area or yard but if you are following a train around a large walkaround layout, a wireless controller is the way to go. That's a big benefit of using a phone as a throttle, you have you're wireless built in. The other pain in the ass about corded it's that now you have a cab bus to maintain and many potential points of failure along that, and the cords represent a tripping hazard if you get more than two people operating close together.

>> No.127872  


This got me to thinking... Does anyone make a scale railgrinder consist that actually cleans tracks?

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This G scale model is the only product I can think of that both cleans the track and looks like maintenance equipment. Everything else is just a boxcar or caboose with a pad dragging underneath it, or outright unrealistic. I'm working on a similar one for my Lego trains, but like many modeling projects, it's been shelved indefinitely.

>> No.127899  
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Well, there is this.

>> No.127906  


Doesn't seem terribly realistic without some kind of matching cab unit, but fair enough.

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63429 No.127817   [Reply]

I wish someone would produce these in HO scale. I'd like a pair hauling freight on my layout.

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I'd love a T-6, but I've only ever seen them in brass.

>> No.127884  

cheap n-guage little joes

/diy/ing them from f7s is a pain

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292331 No.127835   [Reply]

With a top speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), the East German GKR1 draisine (called Schienen-Trabi by railfans as it was built with Trabant parts) is not a high-speed unit by any stretch of the term. But then, it was intended and used for line inspections.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8-4zFjgTVI and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2rBYsx_XzU -- Two GKR1 draisines are used as transports on the Muldental line.

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2688697 No.127556   [Reply]

Well I made a mistake and now I'm in Chicago. I have so many options on how to keep heading west, it's all so overwhelming. I had a bad panic attack in the cleaveland csx yard last night right before getting on a train and was stressing the whole ride to here before I fell asleep. Anyways I haven't really been taking too many photos but I did get a few videos I posted on my Instagram. I'll share after this.

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My phone died before I got on the train. Left Chicago yesterday. Ran into friends there so in total there were 8 of us waiting in the bushes along the tracks to catch our. 2 kids caught a CP gm, at like 2pm and made it to Minneapolis around midnight. The rest of us caught multiple grainers in the rain at around 11pm, on NS. Made it to Minneapolis drenched around 4pm the next day. Got enough money to get us a motel for the night. Some of the kids are going to keep heading west probably tonight. I found out 2 of my friends rolled in just a few hours before I did from Indiana so I'll be hanging with them for a few days before leaving town. I got one video of the Mississippi River on my friends phone and put it on my Instagram. My friend also too this picture of me getting rained on while I slept.

>> No.127623  

Westbound sulphur train. After a delay at Keith due to a prob with train and CP Police called out due to "unauthorized rider" in 1st slave unit (I was in 2nd), spent an hour playing hide & seek with police. Finally reboarded and made it to the division point at Field. Spent something like 6 hrs freezing my ass off there before returning to Calgary in AM. I have only mentioned a small part of that 'adventure'.

>> No.127630  

>>127623 We should email sometime. I've got a contact link on my professional website that should be totes easy to find.

>> No.127769  

Haven't heard from DirtyKid in a while. Hope he okay.

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So a funny thing happened. Some local punk kids moved away from a house in north Minneapolis but had already paid for this months rent. So they gave my friends and I the keys. We have the property til the end of the month. I think I'm gonna bum a ride from a friend who's going south to work beets because I really don't wanna go to Havre Montana and risk going to jail because I have a dog. Check out what I dumpstered from the university today. This place has been good to me.

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I gotta start moving fast if I plan on attending this.

Why am I up at 1am? My friends drink a lot and are loud.

>> No.127774  



Eh? Is this something specific to Havre?

>> No.127775  

They really go out of their way to catch riders there. And they sentence you 5-10 days in jail. Normally if you go to jail and own a dog they send your dog to the pound and it's like 8-10$ a day, so say you go to jail for 5 days, it'll cost you 50$ to get it out. And that's if they don't give your dog any vaccinations or spay/neuter it. But in Havre they don't send your dog to the pound, they put it in a dog grooming business so they charge you for 5-10 days of grooming which ends up in the hundreds. Most people never get their dog back.

>> No.127816  

Holy shit a 360 nice! You gonna sell it or keep it?
Also that's really fucked up...

>> No.127830  

I mailed it to my little brother in California. Yeah, it's not impossible to catch out of Havre. I've done it before, but I don't like risking losing a dog.

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60346 No.127819   [Reply]


As Amii Stewart said... knock on wood. And recite "seven-nine-thirteen" for bonus effect.

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174642 No.127777   [Reply]

Ice Ice Baby, Ice Ice Baby

All right stop, Collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop? Yo, I don't know
Turn off the lights and I'll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle.

Dance, go rush the speaker that booms
I'm killing your brain like a poisonous mushroom
Deadly, when I play a dope melody
Anything less than the best is a felony

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>> No.127778  

Quads get

>> No.127779  

Enjoying the final days of your summer vacation Johnny?

>> No.127782  


Nobody here gives a fuck about dubs, much less quads. Big round numbers can be nice on occasion, though.

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check my 7783

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Oh are we doing this game again?

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Freight fags...

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Hey, this is kinda fun! Like a scavenger hunt of sorts

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RIP Ken Z.

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